Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, founder of Evil Twin Brewing, gave a talk Friday at Edmund's Oast about his globe-trotting travels brewing fine beers and whimsical one-offs. He led a tasting of four of his creations, as well as an Evil Twin beer cocktail fashioned by mixologist Micah Melton of Chicago's The Aviary.
Jarnit-Bjergso offered tales and insights from his nomadic journey to becoming a world-renowned brewer, including:
1. He was a full-time school teacher in Denmark when his home brewing hobby led to a second career that eclipsed the first. He took to traveling to produce his popular recipes because he had no brewery of his own.
2. He has brewed in Japan, Holland, Spain, Norway, Scotland, Brazil and the United States. The downside of roaming production: High shipping costs can drive up retail prices. The upside: "I don't have to the clean the tanks when I'm done."
3. He uses 1,000 glazed donuts from a King Street gourmet bakery for every batch of his Imperial Doughnut Break porter.
4. Having co-launched a high-end beer bar in Brooklyn, he is now toying with the idea of opening a serious dive.